• 1 hr 30 min
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Ornette: Made in America Synopsis
Jazzman Ornette Coleman performs in Texas.

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indieWIRE

By Eric Kohn
Ornette isn't just a love letter to the liberty of jazz rhythms; it excels at expressing them.
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Wall Street Journal

By John Anderson
Years after its initial release, Ornette: Made in America, part of Milestone's continuing "Project Shirley," still feels fresh - its moves...
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83

Christian Science Monitor

By Peter Rainer
Clarke started out as a dancer studying with Martha Graham, and much of Ornette has a dancelike swing and propulsion. What it doesn't...
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80

Time Out New York

By Keith Uhlich
Coleman's life and work are treated as a continuum, which Clarke pulls from at will.
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80

Village Voice

By Melissa Anderson
A funky, nonfiction tribute to the great avant-garde saxophonist Ornette Coleman, Ornette upends the staid portrait-of-the-artist formula,...
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63

Slant Magazine

By Joseph Jon Lanthier
Shirley Clarke's portraiture eschews cohesive biography and often spirals off into lyrical dissonance.
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60

The Hollywood Reporter

By John DeFore
Very much a work of its time, the documentary offers unique perspectives for fans of both the saxophonist and the pioneering filmmaker, but...
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